Diabetic Eye Care

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Why is Diabetic Eye Care important?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s ability to process and store sugar is impaired. Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes. Five million are at risk for vision loss because they don’t know they have it. Diabetics are 25 times more likely to become blind than those without the disease.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes caused by deterioration of blood vessels in the retina. The longer you have diabetes, the greater your chances are to develop this condition.

Chart Illustrating a Normal Retina Compared to One With Diabetic Retinopathy

Symptoms

In the early stages, there are often no symptoms. Vision may not be affected until the disease becomes severe. You should schedule an appointment if you experience:

How is Diabetic Retinopathy treated?

At Discover Vision, we believe in developing a partnership between you, your primary care physician, and our doctors. Diabetic Retinopathy is easily detected during routine eye exams. In early stages, the condition is treatable with laser surgery. When diagnosed and treated promptly, laser surgery helps reduce risk of severe vision loss by up to 90 percent.

To learn more about receiving Diabetic Eye Care from a Discover Vision retina specialist, call 816.478.1230 or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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